Mizzou's Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program was founded February 7, 1954. C. Clarence Davis served as the first Chair from 1954 to 1957. Built upon a strong clinical foundation, ours is an exceptional academic program with breadth of expertise in research, education, and clinical care.

Many graduates transition into full scope OB/GYN general practice, while approximately one in three focus their practice through additional subspecialty fellowship training. Our residency curriculum is clinically rigorous, emphasizing compassionate care, evidence-based practice, life-long learning, and technical proficiency.

“Small in size, mighty in experience.”

Program Distinctions

  • Approximately one in three of our graduates obtain additional subspecialty fellowship training. Over the past decade, our graduates have been accepted into a wide array of programs including: CFP (Mt. Sinai), FPMRS (Duke, Good Samaritan), GynOnc (Brown, Mayo, UT Southwestern), MFM (University of Chicago, University of OK, University of KS), REI (Penn).
  • Our interns are initiated with obstetrical and gynecological surgery simulation and rapid real-world surgical assimilation.
  • Mizzou's obstetrical and gynecological procedural experience exceeds that of many other programs in the country. Our graduating chiefs' procedure percentiles in 2022 (most recent available stats as of 8/21/23) were:
    • 96th percentile for vaginal hysterectomy (med=36 compared to national med=18)
    • 73rd percentile for laparoscopic hysterectomy
    • 72nd percentile for vaginal deliveries
    • 86th percentile for Cesarean deliveries
    • 49th percentile for operative vaginal deliveries
  • Our residents graduate with over 50 “primary surgeon” minimally invasive robotic surgeries. In 2022, the mean was 53 (63rd percentile nationally).
  • Four seasons, fresh air, beautiful surroundings, ideal SEC university town, fine dining, nice people, low cost of living, 15-minute commute to and from most neighborhoods, regional terminal jet service (American and United) to DFW and ORD, and less than 2 hours from major venues in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Program Highlights


Our program is fully accredited by the OB/GYN Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with past commendation for program leadership and innovative educational approach. Our last site visit was March 2012, when we received the maximum possible cycle length, which was granted to only 15% of programs. We were approved by the ACGME in 2019 to expand our cohort to 4 residents per year (16 total).

Strong Faculty Support

During morning report, in the operating room, and on Labor and Delivery, residents, faculty, and medical students use clinical material as a springboard for learning. Timely and constructive oral feedback is provided daily (and often moment-by-moment in the OR), with semi-annual meetings with the Program Director to keep lines of communication open. In addition, each resident receives support for progress toward Board Certification and job procurement or fellowship placement.

Weekly Didactics

Once a week, we dedicate time for formal didactics including Grand Rounds, M&M, faculty lectures, monthly simulation, and resident meetings.

Resident-Focused Program

Our program has a strong hierarchical structure with clearly defined expectations. Residents assume higher degrees of clinical and teaching responsibilities with each subsequent year in the program. Program leaderships seeks continuous improvement based on resident feedback, with much of the feedback and planning taking place during our fall resident retreat and during our annual Program Evaluation Committee meeting.

World-Class Academic Presence

Our research labs include more than 2,000 square feet of wet lab space and approximately 16 scientists, technicians, and clinical research nurses. Our Department has a strong academic presence with many publications in journals including: Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Obstetrics & Gynecology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Gynecological Oncology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Human Reproduction, Simulation in Healthcare and Fertility and Sterility. Our researchers have close to a dozen active NIH grants with multiple millions of dollars in grant funding.

Residency training at MU